Bishop Laurie Haller serves as the Resident Bishop of the Iowa Area in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She was elected as a bishop at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Prior to her election, she served in the Michigan area since 1982. Bishop Haller received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She also received a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. Bishop Haller is a prolific writer whose essays and articles have appeared in the Michigan Christian Advocate, Worship Arts, United Methodist Reporter, Ministry Matters, UM Insight, the United Methodist News Service Daily Digest, MIConnect, and Faith in Action. Bishop Haller is married to Rev. Gary Haller, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Michigan. They have three children and two grandchildren.